Apple Have Filed a Patent For a Keyboard-less Macbook

Have you ever used multiple screens? you know when you’ve just set up that second screen for the first time and you’re trying to figure out how everything works now. Well, why not have that one a laptop but with a little twist, the second screen, is right where your keyboard used to be? Apple may be trying to do just that with one of their latest patents looking at a keyboard-less Macbook.

The patent was only made public on Thursday but was filed all the way back in September 2015 and seems to show what contains an area described as a “force sensitive input structure for an electronic device”, essentially a large touch screen area where your keyboard used to be.

Apple uses the term “zero-travel” to describe the keyless surface that doesn’t have to move when you press it. The surface, however, does include designs for haptic feedback, just like when you type away on your phone and vibrates back at you.

As a bonus, the system would allow you to configure what you need, need a giant touch pad, you’ve got it. Keyboard and number pad? It’s all yours. While this design is no way unique, with the Acer ICONIA 6120 featuring a touch screen where your keyboard is normally giving you all you need to create and upgrade your inputs as your needs arise.

While it may not become a product for a few years, we are seeing more and more devices that look to do away with dedicated input areas and make use of touch or motion controls. Do you think it’s a good movement away from the keyboard or will there always be a place for keyboards on your laptop?

SpotCam Announces HD Eva Wi-Fi Camera with Free Cloud Recording

Monitoring your home while you are away can be both tricky to setup and manage as well as get quite expensive depending on your needs, but there are simple solutions too. One of those simple solutions is the newly introduced SpotCam HD Eva which is a complete and user-friendly IP webcam solution with free online recording.

The HD Eva can both pan and tilt its wide-angle lens in order to monitor your pets and loved ones anywhere in the room. You can eliminate dead zones with his and get high-quality camera footage with full 3660-degree horizontal movement and 70-degree vertical movement – and this can be controlled from anywhere and any device that has a web-browser.

Most cameras like this offer you a live view for free, but recording will either cost you monthly plans or they are limited to motion-detected clips. The HD Eva offers free unlimited 24-hour cloud continuous video recording out of the box. SpotCam users can rewind and review a full 24-hour’s footage at any time without paying a subscription. That said, you can pay monthly or yearly plans in order to get access to 3-day, 7-day, or 30-day recording options too. All files are stored in Amazon’s cloud, which should keep them pretty safe and it is considered one of the world’s most secure cloud service.

The camera offers 720p HD recordings with sound and H.264 compression to save both bandwidth and storage. It features 18 IR LEDs that make it able to record when it’s practically dark too. Built-in motion and audio detection can also be configured to send out notifications to you.

With a built-in microphone and speaker, two-way communication is possible too. Say hi to your pets or yell at them when they go where they shouldn’t – it’s a small job for the HD Eva. Price-wise it isn’t the cheapest, but considering the features and included 24-recording service, £169.99 is a fair offering.

Australian Student Reported To Have Developed New Ion Drive

NASA holds the current record for most fuel efficient drive, with its HiPEP (High Power Electric Propulsion) system. The idea of an Ion drive is that it uses electricity and a material to propel ions out of a funnel in order to focus the created momentum, and with the HiPEP allowing 9,600 (+/- 200) seconds of specific impulse the drive is a pretty strong contender for space travel. Seems like its record could be destroyed though according to a student newspaper Honi Soit.

The paper states that the new drive developed by Sydney PhD Student Paddy Neumann, which reports stating that its specific impulse reporting up to 14,690 (+/- 2000), almost one and a half times the record held by NASA.

What is more impressive about the drive is that NASA’s HiPEP system uses xenon gas, while Neumann’s drive can run on a range of metals, the best results are apparently achieved using magnesium, a metal that is commonly found in space junk and could be used to power the system using old satellites left in orbit.

With the possible ability to not only help clean up space but also create a new and more powerful engine that could soon be used to power the craft of the future, not bad Mr Neumann, not bad at all.

Thank you Honi Soit and Futurology Loaded for the information. 

Image courtesy of NASA. 

Improve Your Halloween Display With This Motion Activated Window Figure

I agree with very little when it comes to certain policies which have been fostered upon the globe by good old Uncle Sam, the United States of America, Halloween on the other hand is executed, no pun intended, with all the intended style and spirit which consumers have been accustomed to over the decades. But what are the best decorations which one could use when decorating a house, property or to scare your friends?

That’s an interesting question which UK-based people do not have the answer to, but a US Internet store by the name of Think Geek does and is currently offering an easy-to-install motorized human face that taps on a selected window at pre-set intervals, the website states the “figure is hung via suction cup on a window so that there appears to be a person looking at your unwitting onlooker. It would be wise to play this prank on an individual which you know, although I am not sure this would be the best of ideas in a country which boasts a collection of around 300 million guns.

This device of sorts is motion activated and can be set to a maximum of 3 taps every ten seconds, the finger tip is metal capped with the aim of producing a loud enough sound to draw attention to the scare, it also runs on AAA batteries. It also includes above suction cup, no surprise, and a finishing line for those hard to reach scare surprises. This shock tactic is priced at $59.99 and would be sure to find a market as Halloween approaches.

Thank you thinkgeek for providing us with this information.

D-Link DCS-935L mydlink Home Monitor HD Wi-Fi Camera Review

Introduction


Today I’m taking a look at a somewhat different product than I am used to and that is a wireless home security camera. Security becomes a bigger and bigger issue for a lot of people and many would like to keep an extra eye on the home while they are away. The D-Link DCS-935L Home Monitor HD allows you to do just that and I’ll be taking a closer look at the hardware and software that comes along.

The mydlink Home Monitor HD, as it is known by as full name, allows you to monitor your home from where ever you are and see everything in full-colour high-definition 720p with sound, may it be from a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. The WiFi camera also comes with built-in night vision that allows you to see up to 5 meters in complete darkness.

One of the places that held many people back in the past and stopped them up from entering the world of do-it-yourself home security was the setup. It could be very complicated and require a lot of running of wires at the same time. That made people hesitate and they rather invested in a commercial and subscription-based security plan. Granted, a camera like this cannot do the same, but in return it can be set up by anyone and it only requires the initial purchase.

The DCS-935L WiFi camera is as easy to set up and connects to your Wi-Fi network, all it takes is the press of a button. Simply press the WPS button and you are securely connected to your wireless network at home. There is no need for extra and additional control hubs or other hard to configure interfaces and router settings.

The DCS-935L WiFi camera is part of the mydlink structure of smart home devices, allowing you to create your own smart home, all without a complicated setup. Those devices include music streamers, Wi-Fi motion sensors, Smart Plugs, and also the Home Monitor cameras as the DCS-935L.

Everything is connected through the mydlink Home app that is compatible with both Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets. You can view the stream from anywhere you are connected to an internet connection, allowing you to always know what is going on in your home. You can also set the camera to alarm you when sound or motion is detected. Again, everything without complicated setup, installation cost, or monthly subscription charges.

The camera stand on the DCS-935L Wireless camera can be used universally in may ways, allowing you to place the camera in a convenient place and at the same time having it pointed where you want it to. You can turn and tip the camera and also hang it on a wall or ceiling that way. The rear of the stand features a cut-out to route the power cable through and still have it mounted properly.

Whether you want the camera to keep an eye on your kids or pets while you’re away, monitor for possible intruders, or something completely different, the D-Link DCS-935L could be a perfect choice. The smart hardware combined with the smart apps allow you to set up a smart home as easy as it rarely, if ever, has been seen before.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers specification page and can as such be subject to change in possible future revisions of the product.

Key Features

  • WiFi with easy WPS setup
  • 720p HD resolution
  • Microphone for sound recording
  • Nightvision for up to 5 meters in full darkness
  • Motion and Sound detection
  • No charges, fees, or complicated setups
  • Monitoring from Smartphones and Tablets

Packaging and Content

The DCS-935L WiFi camera comes in a little box that displays all the relevant information about the product easy to read. Inside you’ll find a power adapter, the camera in itself, and manuals and guides that allow you to get started quick and easy.

The included power adapter uses a universal plug switch as seen below. Even if you bought it in a foreign market or traveling with it, all that’s required is a new plug part. Flip the old out, put a new in, and you’re done. These plugs are used on many power supply units and there is a good chance that you already have one or multiple of the same principle.

Your Smart Home Appliances Are Not as Safe as You Think

Are you a proud owner of smart lock? How about motion sensors, temperature sensors, bulbs or other Internet of Things gadgets? Well, if they’re made by ZigBee, chances are your house is vulnerable to hacking, according to a paper revealed at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

ZigBee, a company that specializes in IoT smart appliances that supplies big name companies such as Samsung, Philips, Motorola and Texas Instruments, is said to have implemented just enough security measures to pass the requirements to ship, which means that security measures are almost non-existent. Hackers are said to easily be able to sniff out exchange network keys, gaining access to the entire network and all smart appliances.

The security experts say that the main cause for the lack of security is due to the companies, who want to quickly ship out the latest tech, make it communicate and interact with everything, all while keeping prices down to a minimum. As a consumer, I get the bit to keep prices down, but if I have to pay a bit extra to prevent someone opening my door or fiddling with my lights, I think that would be an option all of us may opt for. In the end, security is more important than cheap product, don’t you think?

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Architect’s Toy Box

What Happens Inside a DSLR Camera at 10,000 fps

Cameras are really a modern marvel. How they capture such high-resolution images under a host of different conditions is incredible. But quite often their operation is so quick and so small that we don’t see how they do everything at once.

Well now we can, thanks to this great video by YouTube’s ‘Slo Mo Guys’ who slowed down the process of taking a picture, at different shutter speeds, giving us an amazing look at how it all works.

Slow motion video recording is becoming more and more advanced, allowing us to see usually mundane things in ways we’ve never seen before. Just this week we reported on the story that scientists had managed to capture the effect of a laser traveling through the air for the first time – recorded at an unbelievable 20 billion frames per second.

Well this video was shot at a more reasonable 10,000 fps, but it’s still amazing to see something that we all take for granted in such detail.

Source: The Verge

First Video of a Laser Beam Travelling Through The Air

Light travels fast. Very fast. So much so, that it just seems instant to us. But, for the first time ever, we can see for ourselves that it isn’t and that it does indeed travel.

Researchers at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have managed to capture a laser beam travelling through the air for the first time. In the video bellow, which was recorded at 20 billion frames per second and lasts 6 nanoseconds, we see the laser beam coasting through the air, with the protons of the beam reflecting off particles in the atmosphere.

Source: The Verge

Leap Motion-enabled technology unveiled in upcoming HP laptops

 

HP announced their next line of laptops and are trying to innovate through implementing Leap Motion technology, allowing users to control applications with the use of hand gestures.

Leap Motion has been thought of as an integrated sensor that comes embedded into computational systems rather than a peripheral gadget. It looks like HP took the initiative and will take the first step into embedding this technology. The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition will be one of the laptops that can be controlled from afar with the help of hand gestures.

The embedding process is possible thanks to the startup crew from San Francisco who worked tirelessly for the past few months to reduce the size of the sensor, therefore being able to fit it into a laptop chassis.  The sensor is around 3.5mm high and is placed below the keyboard and to the right of an off-center trackpad.

The Envy HP 17 Leap Motion Special Edition will include 5 bundled games (Boom Ball, Jungle Jumper, Dropchord, Disney Sugar Rush and the HP-exclusive Jack Lumber) and HP will also offer a quick link to the Airspace Store, the store that hosts Leap Motion compatible applications. There are currently over 100 applications available in the store and the number is  growing.

Here is a preview of how the Leap Motion technology works:

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HP has priced the Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition laptop at $1050 (around £655) and is set to hit the market on the 16th of October.

Thanks to Bit-Tech and Adevarul for providing us with the information.

Images and video courtesy of Adevarul.